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How to take a Cat on The Eurotunnel [Guide, FAQ & Prices]

Taking your cat on the Eurotunnel is very straightforward.

The Channel Tunnel is a simple and fast way to travel between the the U.K. and France. The Eurotunnel shuttle train runs between Folkestone and Calais 24 hours of the day and 365 days a year. The journey takes around 35 minutes.

So, if you are planning on taking your cat to France or to Europe from the U.K, or vice versa, taking the Eurotunnel is a easy and convenient way to travel.

In this article, we will talk you through how to take your cat on the Eurotunnel and answer the following questions:

  • What documents do you need to take your cat on the Eurotunnel?
  • How much does it cost to take your cat on the Eurotunnel?
  • How do I book my cat onto the Eurotunnel?
  • Are cats allowed in the Eurostar terminal buildings?
  • Where will your cat travel while in the Eurotunnel?
  • Can I take more than one cat on the Eurotunnel?
  • What happens on the day of travel?

What documents do you need to take your cat on the Eurotunnel?

You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  1. Booking confirmation;
  2. Pet Passport / DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation for your cat, including:
    1. Microchip; and
    2. Rabies Vaccination.

The DEFRA Pet Travel Documentation (Pet Passport)

Your cat must have a Pet Passport to travel on the Eurotunnel.

A Pet Passport will allow your cat to travel between EU countries and other listed non-EU countries. With a Pet Passport your cat will not have to stay in a 6 month quarantine.

If you are preparing your cat for travel in an EU country, you should get your cat an EU pet passport.

On the other hand, if you are preparing your cat in a non-EU listed country or territory you must obtain an official third country veterinary certificate. This excludes those from Croatia, Gibraltar, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland, as they have their own pet passports.

To check if you are travelling from a listed or unlisted country, check the GOV website here.

Your cat will need a microchip and a rabies vaccination in order to get its Pet Passport.

How much does it cost to take your cat on the Eurotunnel?

To book your cat on the Eurotunnel, it will cost just £19/26€ each way.

It is recommended that you book your cat on the Eurotunnel in advance, this can done here.

However, there are additional costs that you should take into consideration.

These costs include obtaining a pet passport, a cat travel carrier and supplies such as food and puppy training pads to soak up any accidents.

How much does a Cat Pet Passport cost?

A Pet Passport in the U.K. costs between £75-140. The price ranges depending on where you get your cat’s microchip and rabies vaccination, as well as the vet that completes your Pet Passport.

For information on how to save money on your Cat’s Pet Passport check How Much Does a Cat Passport Cost in the UK? [2019]

How do I book my cat onto the Eurotunnel?

When booking your ticket for the Eurotunnel online, you will be given the option to add pets to your booking.

  1. Go to the Fare Finder and enter all of your details – date and time of travel, vehicle details and country of residence.
  2. Choose the specific time you would like to travel.
  3. Choose whether you would like to upgrade to Flexiplus or add insurance to your trip.
  4. On the same page you will see the section below. Simply select how many cats you will like to take with you.

booking cat on eurotunnel

Your cat’s ticket will be added to your basket, so you can enter all of your details and continue to checkout.

If you have already booked your ticket, it is still possible to add your cat to the booking.

It is possible to amend your travel booking up to midnight of the day of travel.

With most bookings you can do this online here using the password in your booking confirmation email. However, if you used Tesco travel vouchers, you will need to contact Eurotunnel by phone.

Are cats allowed in the Eurostar terminal buildings?

Cats are not allowed into the terminal building where you will find the restaurants and duty free shops.

However, there are dedicated pet areas for your cat to stretch its legs and have a toilet break. You will find these marked in yellow throughout the terminals. You will also be able to find an exercise area behind the fuel garage once arriving in the U.K..

Yes, you are permitted to travel with up to 5 cats in your vehicle.

For those travelling for a competition, show, sporting or other event, you are permitted to bring up to 10 cats with you. It is highly recommended that you register your cats beforehand, however it is possible to register and pay at check-in. Just be sure to allow yourself plenty of extra time. Click here for more information.

If you would like to travel with more cats, you must contact Eurotunnel’s Customer Support Team here.

In all circumstances, you are limited to bringing 20 cats with you.

What happens on the day of travel?

#1 Check-in

Check-in with your cat at least 1 hour, and no more than 2 hours before your departure.

If travelling the Eurotunnel from Folkestone there are automated drive through check-in gates. Just follow the instructions on screen. There are no pet checks, you will just need to confirm you have the cats with you in your vehicle.

If travelling the Eurotunnel from Calais, follow the paw print signs to the Pet Reception building. There, they will check your cat’s documents and give you a sticker to display on your car.


#2 Boarding the shuttle

Drive your car up to the Departures Area and wait for your train time to be called before driving onto the shuttle.

#3 On the shuttle

As mentioned above, your cat must stay in your vehicle while in the Eurotunnel shuttle.

#4 After the shuttle

You and your cats are free to go!

Packing Checklist

  1. Cat carrier
  2. bed and blankets
  3. Food and treats
  4. Bowls
  5. Cat first aid kit
  6. Travel sickness pills
  7. Cat toys
  8. Local vet contact details

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Final Words

Travelling on the Eurotunnel with a cat is very straightforward.

Be sure to obtain your cat’s passport, which involves getting a microchip and rabies vaccination.

Additionally, remember to register your cat to travel on the Eurotunnel with you and arrive early to check in.

Finally, we recommend that you keep a list of vets in the areas that you are planning on visiting, in case of any emergencies.

Hope this has been helpful.

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